Hidden Administrator vs Administrator

By marklantis
Dec 6, 2012
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  1. I am using windows 7. Some downloaded file folders required me to use the Hidden Administrator account privileges to delete it instead of the created Administrator. What are the privlege differences?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 14,688   +487

    Good question, but that is life with Windows. While you can create a login with ADMIN rights,
    it is NOT the same as the default ADMINISTRATOR login.

    In addition, all logins with Admin Rights are in the Administrators Group.

    If you right-click a shortcut or any *.exe-->run as administrator, you will be presented with a choice of all IDs in the Admin Group.

    Technically, there are Parent-ID, Effective-ID, and Current-IDs for processes and using run-as sets Effective-ID to an Admin-id but allows the Parent-ID to be that used to really login. It is my belief that Parent-ID <> Effective-id is how the two are differentiated.

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